Three Utah Quilters Featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 8

Today’s our day to be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 8 Blog Tour! Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Thursday, Nov. 14 for a chance to win a copy of the special issue.

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Since Handi Quilter is based in Utah, we thought we’d highlight three Utah quilters who have blocks in Volume 8. And they represent three distinct styles of quilting.

First, here’s Lori Holt’s block (block #783) named Home Sweet Home.

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Lori is a popular blogger (Bee in My Bonnet), quilt designer, and fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs. Her homey and vintage style is very popular among quilters everywhere. And this block is a perfect example of Lori’s style — even using fabrics from various lines she has designed.

Our next Utah quilter is Margie Ullery. Her block (#756) is named Celebrate.

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Margie is also a blogger and quilt pattern designer (Ribbon Candy Quilt Co.) and has had blocks in previous issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, as well as quilts in Quiltmaker magazine. We love her colorful and whimsical style. While her block uses holiday fabrics from Sandy Gervais’ Reindeer Games for Moda, we think this block would work for any season.

Our last Utah quilter is Handi Quilter’s own Nancy Allen. Her block (#763) celebrates Utah’s state symbol, the iconic beehive. The title, Deseret, means honeybee and was the name of the Utah territory before it became a state.

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Volume 8 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks featured Nancy’s quilt using this block in the magazine’s Designer’s Gallery (and it’s on display in their Golden, CO office gallery). In this version of the quilt she used fabrics from various Fig Tree & Co. fabrics. Who knew a floral, green fabric would work as a beehive?

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And here’s a scrappier version of her Deseret quilt:

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these blocks by three Utah quilters.

Be sure to leave a comment before midnight on Nov. 14 to possibly be the lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Good luck!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 8 Is Coming!

And Handi Quilter is part of the excitement. Not only is Handi Quilter a sponsor (and has donated prizes to be given away), we will be part of the week-long blog hop and will be giving away a copy of the special issue.

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So mark your calendars for the blog hop, beginning on Monday, Nov. 11. Our day for the blog tour is on Tuesday, Nov. 12. See you then!

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One Million Pillowcase Challenge

As you probably already know, American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging quilters, sewers, and crafters to help them reach the goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. Nearly 508,000 have already been created and donated! Handi Quilter is proud to be one of the sponsors for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge.

American Patchwork and Quilting recently sponsored a Pinterest contest featuring their 20 favorite pillowcase patterns from the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. This pillowcase with a train appliqué received the most pins — and was the winner of the contest. Here’s a link to the pattern if you want to make your own version.

As a sponsor for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, Handi Quilter was challenged to make our own version of the winning pillowcase. Here’s what we came up with:


Before we fill you in on all of the details of how we made our quilt, we want to first thank the folks at AccuQuilt for generously providing us with the train die so we could use our AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric cutter.

Of course, we wanted to do a quilted pillowcase. We think it would be darling as a pillow sham and it would be the perfect addition to a quilt made using the same train appliqué pieces.

Our first step was to select our fabrics.

We consider a variety of juvenile prints, but ended up selecting polka dots from a couple lines from RJR Fabrics:

  • Pillowcase border: Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics (8172-007)
  • Middle car: Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics (8174-006)
  • Engine: Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics (8174-061)
  • Caboose: Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics (8174-041)
  • Windows: Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR Fabrics (8174-101)
  • Wheels: Pin Dots by RJR Fabrics (4928-022)
  • Yellow solid, green hill, and blue inner border fabrics were from our scrap pile

After selecting our fabrics, we used the AccuQuilt GO! Baby to cut our train pieces.

We stitched the green hill fabric onto the yellow pillowcase fabric. Then HQ studio educator Cheryl Duncan created the wording with her embroidery machine and she stitched out “I think I can, I think I can” as if it is the smoke coming out of the train’s smoke stack. Love it!

We next loaded the quilt onto an HQ18 Avanté longarm machine equipped with HQ Pro-Stitcher – yellow backing, 80/20 batting, and the pillowcase top. Now it was ready to quilt.

HQ studio educator Angie Balling selected a digital edge-to-edge design called Blustery Breeze (included with HQ Pro-Stitcher) and quilted the body of the pillowcase.

Next up was to appliqué the train pieces, which we also did on the HQ18 Avanté longarm machine. Angie glue-basted the pieces onto the pillowcase quilt top and used a squiggly, herky-jerky stitch all around their edges. Yep, they’re on there to stay!

All that was left was to finish the pillowcase which we did with a serger.

Another close-up:

This was definitely a group effort. Thanks to Angie to did the cutting, quilting, appliqué, and serging. Thanks to Cheryl for the machine embroidery. And thanks to Nancy for donating the polka-dot fabrics from her stash.

We’re still deciding where we will donate the pillowcase. Perhaps we’ll give it to Primary Children’s Hospital? Or to the Ronald McDonald house? We’ll let you know when and where we donate it.

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